Does Your Son Need Braces Or Something Else?
You’ve been putting this off as long as you can, but it’s time. Tonight, you are doing to sit down with your teenager and let him know …
He’s probably going to need braces.
You may want to get out your pictures from high school so he’ll understand. Crooked, misaligned teeth run in your family. If your spouse wore braces, too, then that makes it even more likely that your son will need to have his teeth straightened.
If you live in Auburn Hills, Troy, or Rochester Hills, MI, we invite you to visit Hubbard & Leath Dental before you make any decisions about your son’s treatment.
We offer a variety of options, including traditional braces, ceramic braces, and ClearCorrect. We are confident that we can find a solution that will help your son get a straighter smile.
Why Hubbard & Leath?
First and foremost, Dr. Hubbard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about straightening teeth.
After graduating from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry (where he received the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award), he continued his education by pursuing advanced training in a number of areas.
One of the first advanced training programs that he completed was under the guidance of one of the top orthodontists in the country. Since then, Dr. Hubbard has helped several patients improve their smiles with braces and other treatments.
Here’s a little more about the options available to help your teenager.
Traditional braces have been used for decades for a reason. They are the gold standard for straightening teeth. They can be used for any misalignment problem, from moderate to the most severe issues.
Braces work with a combination of brackets, wires, and ligatures. You may recall this from your own experience wearing braces.
The brackets can be attached to your son’s teeth. The wires will connect the brackets together. This will guide the movement of his teeth.
Many traditional braces also have posts to attach ligatures, which are small rubber bands. These bands assist in the process of pulling and pushing your son’s teeth into the right position.
From a functional standpoint, ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces. Both use brackets, wires, and ligatures.
The key difference is that traditional braces have metal brackets, and ceramic braces use brackets that more closely match the color of teeth.
Some people find this fits better with their personality. Other people consider this a more discreet type of braces, and that makes them more comfortable wearing braces.
Ceramic braces are an option for people who may have a metal allergy, as is the next way your son could straighten his teeth.
ClearCorrect is an alternative to traditional braces. It is an effective way to correct mild to moderate alignment problems.
But it doesn’t use brackets, wires, or small rubber bands.
Instead, ClearCorrect uses plastic aligners to push your son’s teeth a little bit at a time. Each aligner is transparent, which makes them practically invisible when your son has them in. This may be a more manageable system for a teen who is self-conscious about his teeth.
With ClearCorrect, your son will receive a series of aligners. Every few weeks, your son will replace the aligner he is using with a new one.
As long as your son wears the aligners as directed, his teeth will move gradually to their new positions. Many people find ClearCorrect more comfortable and more convenient than traditional or ceramic braces.
One of the advantages of ClearCorrect is the aligners can be removed for a few hours each day. This means you can take them out to eat (so you can eat anything that you want to eat) and to perform your oral hygiene routine. You don’t have to get special tools or clean you teeth any differently than you already do.
Talk To Dentists Who Want To Help
When patients come to us to have their teeth straightened, we know they want something that will give them results. That’s true for teenagers (and their parents) as well as working adults.
If you visit Hubbard & Leath Dental in Rochester Hills, MI, we can evaluate your son’s teeth and assess what options could work. We will help you understand the pros and cons of each option so you can make the right decision for your family.
We want you to be happy with the treatment, but more importantly, we want your son to get the straight smile that he deserves. To get started, call us at 248.266.2528 or fill out our online form to make an appointment.